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Lipitor, a patented cholesterol lowering drug, sold for over $3 a pill for many years. Then when the patent expired, the generic form, called Atorvastatin, is now being given for free by some pharmacies and sold for very little by others. Both Lipitor and Atorvastatin are essentially the same and each pill costs only pennies to produce. How can you justify a patent that eliminates competition and makes an importarnt medicine so expensive for so long? .
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